True escape from Russia thriller

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Incredible that my new book, Run For Your Life: the remarkable true story of a family forced into hiding after leaking Russian secrets, is coming out just as Putin 'wins' the next…

Father Bob books in demand

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Given the sad passing of Fr Bob Maguire recently, it’s hardly surprising that there has been renewed interest in Sue’s biography of the “Larrikin Priest”. Sue has a few copies…

Vale, Father Bob Maguire

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Vale Father Bob Maguire. Such a sad day to hear of his death as he was always such a great friend. I met him when writing his biography, Father Bob:…

Two high-profile events to launch That Bligh Girl

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If you loved Sue's first venture into fiction you should check your diaries for a couple of events to mark the publication of her latest historical novel That Bligh Girl.…

Memories of Africa from ‘inspiring books’ website

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Had a trip down memory lane this week when I was contacted by an authors' website whose editor had just read my book  Healing Lives, about Dr Catherine Hamlin and…

Lockdown Pyjama Game

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When is it OK to parade before a national audience in your pyjamas? Answer: Possibly never. But too late now! My partner Jimmy wrote a piece for his weekly column…

Lady who was a Lord launches the two Lizzies

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The Elizabeth & Elizabeth novel has been officially launched by another inspirational woman, Lucy Hughes Turnbull, with her husband, past PM Malcolm in attendance. Both have a very personal connection…

And the reviews come in …

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Feeling very happy and grateful to read some wonderful reviews for my new novel, Elizabeth & Elizabeth. Historical novelist Meg Keneally says: ”it delivers a fascinating look into the relationship…

First bookshop sighting of new book

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Woohoo! First sighting of my novel Elizabeth & Elizabeth on the shelves of a bookstore. Thanks to sharp-eyed reader Wendy for sending it over. So exciting to be in such august company…

Cats unimpressed by travel award

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Trophy just arrived for my win at the annual Australian travel writers' awards -- ironically at a time when we just can't travel. The cats are the only ones happy…

Tears and fears for first novel

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It’s a strange feeling when you finally receive copies of your first novel from the publishers. It’s a mix of exhilaration – that the project you’ve been working on for…

Final cover of my first novel

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Wow! Have just seen the final version of the cover of my new book coming out in January – my first novel, an historical fiction, Elizabeth & Elizabeth. It’s the…

Time for a catnap

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I’ve been working late nights finalising all the details prior to the release next month of my first-ever novel. But Mac, my supervisor, doesn’t approve. He said it was time…

Healing Lives officially a best-seller

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Completely blown away today to discover that not only is Healing Lives No 1 in Amazon Australia’s Women’s Health list but is Number 11 in the Black and African American biographies. Considering…

Travel writing awards win

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Thrilled to win the Australian Society of Travel Writers' annual award for Best Trade and Tourism News Story of the year last night, with a story about passports.Yippee! Judges' verdict: “In…

Mamitu gets a copy of the book

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Despite the tyranny of distance, the global pandemic and worrying signs of a brewing civil war in the North of Ethiopia, Mamitu gets a copy of our book about  her…

In the summer reading catalogues

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It feels so great to have my new book Healing Lives highly recommended by the gleebooks catalogue and recommended by Dymocks. Thanks, guys!

Great feature in Daily Mail online

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Wow! Great story on my book in the Daily Mail... And 3,200 shares so far... Very exciting. Click on the headline, then here, to read it

Best-laid plans of mice and … cats

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We’re having our bathroom renovated, so moved into a pet-friendly hotel for a few nights with our two cats to spare them (and us) the worst of the demolition noise.…

Catch up with my online chat with Quentin Bryce

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Loved having a live-streamed Facebook chat yesterday with the former Governor General Dame Quentin Bryce about my new book Healing Lives. She was a close friend of the late great Dr…